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Household Hazardous Waste

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Household Hazardous Waste (HHW) is hazardous waste that is generated by residents. The HHW events are for residents to properly dispose of HHW. No hazardous waste from businesses is accepted at HHW events.

There are nine HHW events offered throughout the year- typically the third Saturday of the month from March through November. Events are from 9 AM to 3 PM across from the Main Facility at 28 County Services Road, Pittsboro, NC 27312.

Resident do not need a decal to use the HHW program but will be asked to show a NC Driver License with the address of where the waste is coming from.

2020 Household Hazardous Waste Events 

              March 21                August 15
  April 18 cancelled   September 19
  May 16 cancelled  October 17
  June 20   November 21
  July 18    

Medicine Take Back

The Sheriff's Office will conduct a medicine take back as a way for residents to safely dispose of unwanted medications. No needles, sharps, or liquids will be accepted. The Sheriff's Office will be at the HHW Events on June 20, July 18, and November 21.

Unused medication can always be disposed of at Medication Drop Boxes, no questions asked. Drop boxes are located at:

  • Pittsboro Police Department- 635 East Street, Pittsboro (919)542-3200
  • Siler City Police Department- 312 North Chatham Avenue, Siler City (919) 742-5626
  • Chatham County Detention Center- 627 Renaissance Drive, Pittsboro (919) 545-7802

Visit Chatham Drug Free for more information- http://chathamdrugfree.org/

What to Bring to HHW Events

The following items are examples of items accepted at HHW events. If you do not see your item listed, please contact the Main Office before bringing your item, in case we cannot take it. The Main Office is available Monday through Friday from 7:00 am to 4:00 pm at (919) 542-5516 or email us anytime at recycle@chathamnc.org.

  From your workshop:   From your house:
  • adhesives
  • gas cylinders*
  • paint- see options below for latex paint
  • solvents
  • stains
  • strippers
  • thinners
  • varnish
  • wood & metal cleaners
  • wood preservatives
  • aerosol cans
  • batteries*+
  • bleach
  • cleaners (kitchen, bathroom, etc.)
  • disinfectants
  • electronics*+ (no size limitation but must unload yourself)
  • fire extinguishers*
  • furniture polish
  • fluorescent light bulbs*
  • nail polish/remover
  From your garage:   From your yard:
  • antifreeze
  • auto batteries*+
  • brake fluid
  • degreasers
  • diesel fuel
  • gasoline or mixed gas
  • kerosene
  • motor oil & filters+
  • parts cleaner
  • transmission fluid+
  • herbicides
  • lighter fluid
  • pesticides
  • poisons
  • pool chemicals
  • propane tanks*

*These items are also accepted at the Main Facility during regular hours. No decal required.
+These items are accepted at the 12 Collection Centers with a current decal. Note: Some items may have restrictions at the Collection Centers.

How to Pack Your Hazardous Items

Do not mix wastes. If possible, leave materials in their original containers with labels intact or write on the container what it is. Put them in the trunk of your car in a cardboard box lined with newspaper. If you put it in a container that you want returned, you will be instructed to pull of to the side until your container can be unloaded.

To help with traffic flow and safety, residents should stay in their vehicle at all times. Staff will unload items.

Do Not Bring

Hazardous waste from businesses will not be accepted at HHW events. A business is defined as any income-generating source, such as at-home businesses, farms, contractors, builders, etc. It also does not matter whether the businesses is currently operating. Chatham County and HHW contractors may refuse items if it is suspected to be from a business until its source can be verified. Learn about options for hazardous waste for businesses

Other items NOT accepted at HHW events:

  • Ammunition
  • Asbestos
  • Explosives
  • Firearms
  • Infectious waste
  • Radioactive materials
  • Trash
  • Yard waste
  • Inert debris
  • Tires
  • Scrap Metal

How do I Dispose of Logo 

Visit our online disposal guide for details on how to dispose of these and many other items. If you do not see guidance for your item on the "How Do I Dispose of…" guide, contact the Main Office Monday through Friday from 7:00 am to 4:00 pm at (919) 542-5516 or email us anytime at recycle@chathamnc.org.

  

Latex Paint

Approximately 60% of the material brought to the Chatham County HHW program is liquid latex paint. It is the most costly item we collect in total. To save our budget to handling the more hazardous wastes. Latex paint is only hazardous when it is in a liquid form. We encourage residents to dry it up latex paint for disposal.

Latex paint can be safely dried out and put in with your regular trash instead of bringing it to an HHW event. When dried latex paint can be taken to any of the 12 Collection Centers (current decal required) or put in with your curbside trash.

To dry out latex paint, take off the lid and let it sit outside in a covered area.

Add kitty litter, sand, or sawdust to speed up the process.

It does not have to be completely solidified– more like a paste.

Instead of drying it up, you can also paint something, then through that item away once the paint is dry.

When completing a paint project, be sure to correctly estimate the amount of paint needed, so you do not have a lot leftover. If a contractor is painting for you, they should take excessive paint back with them, as it is their responsibility to dispose of it properly.

Please note– these suggestions only apply to latex paint. Other types of paint cannot be hardened and should be brought to an HHW event.

How to Reduce Your Hazardous Waste

  • Buy only the amount you need, even if a larger container offers a price discount.
  • Use up any hazardous products completely, following directions on the label.
  • Store leftover paint at room temperature until the next project. Properly stored paint can remain usable for 10 - 15 years.
  • Try less toxic products or use homemade recipes.
  • Find someone who can use your leftovers.

If you have any questions please contact the Main Office Monday through Friday from 7:00 am to 4:00 pm at (919) 542-5516 or email us anytime at recycle@chathamnc.org

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